Eventiquette: Gift Registries

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Gift Registries

Registering for gifts can be a lot of fun and very helpful to your guests, but many people don’t realise that there are etiquette guidelines that need to be followed to ensure that no one is offended.

Both the Bride & the Groom should be involved in selecting what gifts should be included on the registry – this makes sense as both will be using the gifts. When adding gifts to your wish list make sure to consider your guests and their budgets. Include items with a wide variety of price ranges so as to give everyone an opportunity to buy you something that you will love. Deciding how many gifts to put on your registry can be a daunting task; experts recommend that each invited couple should be able to choose between 2 to 3 selections in their chosen price range.

It is a good idea to create your registry approximately 6 months in advance of the Wedding. Some of your guests would like to get your gift as soon as they receive the invitation and others will wait until the week of the wedding or even after the wedding to purchase your gift. No matter when you receive the gifts you should wait until after the wedding to open them – some believe that it is bad luck to open wedding gifts before the wedding. It is also important to know that you are not obligated to open the gifts in front of anyone.

Telling your guests about your registry is the toughest part. The only acceptable way to inform people of your registry details is by word of mouth. You need to count on your family and bridal party to spread the word for you. It is extremely rude to ask for gifts or cash, you are inviting your family and friends to celebrate with you and their attendance is more important than receiving a gift from them. Never include registry or gift wish list information on your wedding invitation, many store registries provide little cards to include in the envelopes – this is poor etiquette. You can however give these cards to your family and bridal party to pass on to your guests as they ask for gift information.

Written by Kim ten Krooden, Event Coordinator, EVENTS BY EMMA